Persley set for Washington visit

Defensive back, corner specifically, was a big-time need heading into the recruiting season and with only two in the class, Washington's coaching staff has been searching high and low to find prospects that can be successfull against Pac 10 competition. They didn't have to look very far for Redlands East Valley CB Marquis Persley, teammate of QB Ronnie Fouch, who wll be in Seattle this weekend.

"Ronnie is definitely a reason why I'm interested in going to Washington," Persley told recently. "It would be great to go up there and play alongside someone that I already know pretty well.

"But aside from that, their academics are great up there and they have an excellent computer science program and that's what I want to major in."

Persley did not play offense in high school and spent most of his time matched up against the oppositions best wide receiver. He finished the season with 44 tackles and two interceptions to go along with double-digit passes defensed as a senior.

"Because of my size, I can play pretty physical," Persley said. "I like to get right up on a guy and jam him at the line. I'm also pretty good when the ball's in the air."

Persley visited Wyoming (offered) last weekend and referred to his visit as "good, but it was really, really cold out there. I don't mind the cold weather, but that was a little too cold."

Persley said he was visited by Husky head coach Tyrone Willingham a couple of weeks ago and had Washington running backs coach Trent Miles in his home on Monday night.

"Talking to coach Willingham is great," Persley said. "He treats everyone of his players with respect and he's a good coach.

"I like coach Miles a lot and he just talked to me about what they like about me most. They want me at cornerback."

Fouch even informed him about his thoughts of Seattle and Montlake.

"He told me walking out of that stadium is like walking into a different world," Persley said. "He said the 'tunnel' is great because it's long and it echoes and you can feel the energy that place will have with all those fans in it.

"I'm excited to get up there and see it."

Persley is expected to be the only visitor this weekend and he said he may just get enough info on his trip to make a commitment.

We'll have more on his trip on Sunday.

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